If I said you only needed to do one thing, just one thing, in order to improve every aspect of your life, what do you think it’d be?
- Be more empathetic?
- Be more charitable?
- Be happier with what you already have?
No, no, and once again, no.
Yeah, all those things can make your life better, but even they pale in comparison to the real answer.
Want to know what it is? Productivity.
Productivity can improve the entirety of your life
Yes, it’s important that we strive to be more happy. And to be more positive. And to be more empathetic.
But here’s where productivity takes the cake – it can create real, TANGIBLE opportunities in your life.
Think about it, you’ve probably had those days where you’re just on point. Everything that needs to be done is done, and you can officially stop worrying about everything at that point.
You freed up your mind and you’re time is to yourself.
Now imagine a day where you focused on seeing the happiness or positive in life, but you didn’t finish all your work. How do you feel? Your probably conflicted because your frustrated and stressed from not finishing your tasks, yet you’re trying to remain positive.
See the problem?
Trying to see the positive is best done by creating positive things in your life, not forcing the perspective of it. But you need to create time for positivity, right?
But how do you create the time for happiness, positivity, empathy, and more?
By mastering productivity.
5 benefits of mastering productivity
Next time you find yourself thinking “what can I do to improve myself?”, you should definitely start with mastering productivity…
…and I’ll give you five smarts reasons why.
1. It creates time for your happiness and passions
What makes more sense?
- Trying to have a happier outlook about life
- Creating the time for happy experiences in life, which you can then act on
If you don’t know the answer, it’s this – experiences trump outlook every time.
Why? Because it’s reality. It’s something that’s real and actually happened to you, and will always inspire joy in you whenever you remember it.
This is the power of free time, and you can only get it if you get all your work done when it needs to be done.
2. It teaches discipline (and how to apply it to your whole life)
Everything that’s worth doing in life requires some level of discipline, and you know what requires discipline?
Not only that, productivity is something that we need to do daily, which means we all get some discipline out of it. And all we need to do is apply that discipline to other rewarding activities in our lives.
Sure, there are some people who do only enough to get by, so they really don’t have any of the disciplinary benefits that a practiced person has.
But even applying just average discipline is enough to reach other goals you have in life, and productivity can give you that.
3. It teaches you how to manage your time (which can be used for yourself and on loved ones)
No amount of positive thinking can get you more time for yourself and your loved ones.
But efficient working? That definitely can.
Productivity teaches you how to look at your work, then a clock, and say “I have (x) amount of time to complete this and this, but if I also do this then I can have some free time tomorrow.”
This means more personal and family time. This is something everybody wants, yet it seems to be a struggle for most. Yeah, some people truly don’t have any extra time despite what they do, but they are the exceptions.
Me and you both know that a little more productivity in our lives can get us that precious extra time we deserve.
4. It creates real-life opportunity (which can’t be attained by “thinking positively)
Nothing is more rewarding than productivity. How so? Because in addition to the sense of accomplishment that comes with it, it can be aimed at tangible goals as well (i.e. money, promotions, a fitter body, better writing skills, etc.).
It’s said that focusing solely on these types of desires is a bad thing, which is true to a point. But if these things can improve your productivity, then they work perfectly fine as milestone goals. You know, as something to grease the wheels and keep you going. There’s nothing wrong with that, despite what people may say.
All that matters is that eventually you tie your productivity into a worthy goal, which can be better achieved from productive practice (even if that productivity was primarily fueled by earning money.
5. It’s the only way to achieve your vision of happiness
The ultimate reason for productivity is this:
Productivity – and it alone – is the only way to reach your ideal vision of life.
Why? Because real productivity is about consistent, persistent, and deliberately chosen actions, and those things can get you anywhere in life.
Over to you! Are there any other benefits to mastering productivity? What are they? Leave a comment below with your response because I’d love to hear it :)
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